Sergey Sirotkin will return for a third season as Renault’s reserve driver, the team has announced.
Sirotkin joins Guanyu Zhou as the team’s second reserve driver. However as a former F1 driver he will be able to step into the team at short notice, whereas Zhou does not yet have sufficient FIA superlicence points to race in Formula 1.
“We’re pleased to welcome Sergey back to the team for this year,” said team principal Cyril Abiteboul. “Given the current circumstances we find ourselves in, we must have plans in place for any situation which might occur.
“We know Sergey very well and he, likewise, knows the team. We’re looking forward to welcoming Sergey this weekend in Austria.”
Sirotkin will join the team at all races this year. Zhou will also be present at the opening eight rounds, as he is contesting the Formula 2 championship with Virtuosi.
“I understand the importance for a team to have a driver ready to fill in quickly should the opportunity arise, especially given the current situation the world is in,” said Sirotkin. “I’ve been keeping sharp and focused and I would be well prepared to race a Formula 1 car again.”
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